We must recognize that we have hit bottom and that war dehumanizes and dehumanizes us," — Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia
By defining Iraqis as “savages,” the hit film American Sniper has drawn on a long tradition of American war fighting against tribal peoples.
I was looking forward to seeing American Sniper. I took my brown Native high school-aged son to see it.
I wake up panting and sweating from every pore. My body is a twitching mass of pain, as usual, and today is a 7 out of 10 day. My normal level is a 4 or 5, just a dull whole body ache that I can work through.
This is the working mantra of the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). After reading the latest report from the Office of the Inspector General, this is made blatantly clear.
The Fourth of July has come and gone. America once again celebrated the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain with fireworks, barbeques and parades.
I’m not here to call for Eric Shinseki’s scalp on a lance. There have been substantial improvements on his watch and his heart is with veterans. Nothing would be improved by imposing a new blood learning curve on the VA right now.
The Sunday New York Times reported that Al Qaeda has taken control of the Iraqi city of Fallujah, for the first time since the U.S.
Pirates are a fascinating topic, and pirate stories have long been part of popular culture. Their daring exploits, coupled with their anarchic—and democratic—organization, provide fodder for books, movies, poems, and paintings.
As the nation honors our veterans, I want to extend my gratitude and respect to all of our men and women who served this great country. Native Americans have a rich legacy of being warriors going back hundreds of years to protect our homelands.
Armies are instruments acting out the will of politicians. So I have always understood, but Plains Indians back in the day had a different understanding. You could tell a leader not by his regalia, but by whether anybody was following.
The phrase "dirty war" came into use during the 1970s and 1980s to describe the campaign of state terrorism in Argentina after a dictatorship overthrew the elected government of Juan Peron. Anyone associated with socialism or Peronism was a target for kidnapping, torture, and "disappearance."
Memorial Day, once called Decoration Day, is meant as a day to remember all those who have died while in military service. This Memorial Day I think it important that you remember the day from a military mind. It is not about you or your vacation.